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Reviews by Tucquan:
3.24/5 rDev -23.8%
Visited here on 2011-06-18.
My wife and I were in a celibratory mood after the gala opening of one of her fiber art pieces at the Pennsylvania State Museum, which is nearby.
We parked close to the pub and I grabbed my growler out of the trunk for a fill on the way out.
We entered what looks like a typical city bar, kind of run down with smoking and tavern games.
There are a couple of well-stocked craft beer coolers but the prices are on the high side.
We sat at the bar and had delayed and indifferent service but were able to pick from a noble selection of craft brews. On the way out, I asked to have my growler filled but the indifferent bartender said their growler filler was broken. What?
I did have a nice conversation with another beer lover on the stool next to me.
Good beer selection, pricey with atmosphere and service that didn't make me want to make a return trip.
07-07-2011 22:43:56 | More by Tucquan
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
A: A darkly lit dive bar but paradise for a beer lover. One of the few bars in PA that still permits smoking and they apparently allow pets (sorry, I am not an animal person).
Q: This place caters to both beer geeks and neighborhood patrons alike.
S: Service was fast and very friendly. Caution: it was not very busy when I was there, so experiences may differ greatly.
S: Excellent selection of beer on tap. As an example, I had 1) DFH Palo Santo, 2) DFH Burton Baton adn 3) KBS (yes, THAT KBS)!
The bottle selection suffers somewhat because too much cooler space is taken up by cheap pedestrian beer likely stocked for the neighborhood folks.
F: They have bags of chips for sale but gladly allow patrons to bring in their own food. The bartender also was very helpful by directing me to a place just around the corner that has good comfort food and serves take-out.
V: The beer prices are pretty good considering the wide variety offered to patrons.
04-29-2014 05:56:49 | More by 57md
4.31/5 rDev +1.4%
Shady McGrady's in the new incarnation is a lot like the old Shady's. The beer selections on draft are excellent, it's still smoky, and the crowd is a wonderful eclectic mix. If you love beer, you are bound to find something you like here! This is the hole in the wall with a great beer selection.
05-16-2013 04:22:27 | More by BMan33
4.94/5 rDev +16.2%
This place was simply awesome - great beers on tap - huge selection, and a nice number of big beers as well. The guy serving was very knowledgeable and friendly. He discussed beer with me and pointed out some of the bottle selection. He also has a printed read out of each beer on tap with its rating from ratebeer.com, with that information at my fingertips selection was easy. I will definitely visit this place again. There was no food, but who needs that from a great bar - especially with all the options in the vicinity. I went here after the Harrisburg beer fest, and thought that I could have skipped the fest and just sampled from Shady's.
07-14-2011 23:59:38 | More by Chickenhawk9932
4.64/5 rDev +9.2%
My wife and I were driving from Baltimore to Buffalo and went by/through Harrisburg. We decided to check out the famous Midtown Scholar bookstore in downtown, and we happened to park right across from Shady McGrady's. At first I wasn't sure about going in, because from the outside it looks seedy and cheap... but then I read online about the Shady and WOW! Let's go!! :-)
The atmosphere is what it is. I love it, but you may not. Reminds me of Bob's Bar in Columbus, the Cultural Hub of the Midwest. Very unpretentious, working class, dingy and laid-back. Looks like a blue-collar watering hole in the Rust Belt, which I love, only with 48 taps of craft goodness!
We were in on an early Sunday afternoon, some folks around the bar but pretty empty. Bartenders were nice and service prompt, owner Scott (I believe that's his name) came over and chatted with us about beer and breweries.
Selection is WOW and then WOW WOW! I mean, would you expect a cheap-looking bar in Downtown Shittyburg, PA, to have 48 taps? Including Dogfish Burton Baton, World Wide Stout, Old School, Palo Santo and more? And Stone Lucky Bastard? Plus Weyerbacher, Troegs, Founders, Southern Tier, Oskar Blues, Flying Dog... Absolutely top-notch, and unexpected. Don't you love that! Fuck Yeah.
Their bottle selection is very good, with singles and bombers from Southern Tier, Chimay, Avery, Stone, Ballast Point and some obscure regional breweries...
Prices were NICE! Bombers of Stone Double Bastard '09 and Old Guardian for FIVE bucks (or two for ten, as the funny owner offered). Beers are about five a pop, but then you get half off during happy hour. Sweet.
You may regret the smoke- PA law says that if you devote less than 20% of your sales to food, you can allow smoking. Shady's has no food, so there is smoke. I don't mind it, but beware.
Otherwise, an amazing place in a decrepit town you ought to visit!!!!
12-14-2010 05:14:42 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.88/5 rDev +14.8%
Great place. I was visiting from Pittsburgh and I'm ashamed to say we don't have anything like this from a quality/price standpoint (I'm not even so sure from a quality standpoint). Really good, and smart, tap selection. Many special release Dogfish Heads, great Belgiums, and some really top shelf IPA's, etc... Owner is a really cool dude, I sat and BS'd with him for hours about beer and football. Only slight knocks are that you should eat before you go there and if you a lot of smoking gets on your nerves, stick with the downtown bar.
09-21-2010 21:32:01 | More by jlibert
Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA
94 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.